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Old 11-26-2014, 02:27 PM   #21
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I know someone that teaches Koreans English from home and claims to get paid enough to make it worthwhile.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:56 PM   #22
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There are also careers like family photography and graphic design that can be mostly work-from-home businesses.
One would want to be careful with that. Going down to Best Buy and dropping $800 on a digital camera does not make one a professional photographer and that is what people would justifiably expect.

Although it is targeted at photographers this book is good reading for anyone contemplating starting a sole proprietor business. And it is a business. This is the book that made me realize that while I enjoy photography, and I can be pretty good at it, I do not want to run a business.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Business-...+photographers
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There are a lot of options for home based businesses. But the only ones that make sense are those that you enjoy and have a lot of knowledge and experience in. If you don't have knowledge and experience, there's a good chance you'll fail because you won't be as good as your competition. And you'll need business skills to stay afloat as well. A lot of people think that they can just start any business at home and rake in some cash, but it's not that easy. It takes commitment.


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Old 11-27-2014, 12:02 AM   #24
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Tons of opportunities out there. All it costs is a small amount to start, and all your friends.
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One would want to be careful with that. Going down to Best Buy and dropping $800 on a digital camera does not make one a professional photographer and that is what people would justifiably expect.

So very true Walt. I know numerous family/wedding photographers well and it is definitely a lot of work to run the business and also be good at photography. With that said, they are very happy running their home based photography businesses and make a solid income.
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To rephrase the last statement. "Tons of opportunities out there. All it costs is a small amount to start, AND A LOT MORE TO KEEP GOING, and ALL your friends."


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Old 11-28-2014, 09:36 AM   #27
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When I wanted to work at home I just took classes in lap top type work at the local community college and Berkeley extension. I had a few fails until I found something that clicked. The fails were either stuff that just wasn't my calling or the market collapsed for that career field while I was going to school.

If I was looking for a new field today I would start again at my local community college or 4 year and see what they offer. This may be more of a time commitment than what you had in mind, but I'd probably do something like one of these certificate programs in a lap top kind of career if I was starting over today:

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I have not retired yet--22 weeks left. My plan is cash money under the table. I was once an active white water kayaker and still have my boat and gear along with a surf kayak, two sea kayaks and one tandem sea kayak. I hope to get one trip a week through FB/word of mouth and charge only $25 per person for a half day of salt marsh/intercostal paddling..

I also plan on buying a long ladder and paint houses at $10 per hour plus expenses/supplies. CASH only.

I also have a set of plans for Adirondack lawn furniture. I may also make and sell those. I've made few sets for less than $75 per chair but all commercial I've seen are $250-300 ea.

I hope to fill in my time with those three.
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I also have a set of plans for Adirondack lawn furniture. I may also make and sell those. I've made few sets for less than $75 per chair but all commercial I've seen are $250-300 ea.
Need to look at CL for the competition ... I made a set of 8 Adirondack chairs (4 for home, 4 for the lake). Modified a set of online plans for a curved back and seat. Got the price down to $45/chair ... but it took 4-5 hours (assuming all materials are in shop). CL sells similar chairs for $100 each. Tough way to make $$ ... less than $15/hour.
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Creating intellectual property often has a good payback because you can make one thing like a book, software package, app, podcast, user manual or online course and sell it a million times over where material objects have to have inventory replaced after each sale.
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